For immediate release, September 8th, 2016 –– Kudos (www.growkudos.com), the award-winning service for maximizing the reach and impact of research publications, is pleased to announce that it is now partnered with Jisc Collections to provide a standard agreement for all UK universities. The agreement will simplify the procurement process and assure best pricing for UK customers of Kudos for Institutions, a toolkit for increasing the reach and impact of a university’s research.
To coincide with the new agreement, Kudos is also introducing new tiered pricing for all its institutional customers around the world, to acknowledge different levels of research intensity and ensure that the widest possible range of universities can access Kudos intelligence to help strengthen their research support services.
“The financial climate means universities need to strengthen their services, to attract and retain the best researchers – and they need to do this as cost-effectively as possible,” says Charlie Rapple, Sales & Marketing Director and co-founder of Kudos. “Our new pricing, and our agreement with Jisc, helps institutions achieve both these goals.”
Liam Earney, Director of Jisc Collections, adds: “Jisc Collections continues to expand the nature of the resources we help institutions to license. Last year we set up a national consortium for ORCID, intended in part to improve the visibility of UK research – the Kudos service has a similar focus and we are glad to be able to help our members benefit from it.”
The latest university to sign up for Kudos is the London School of Economics and Political Science, which evaluated Kudos for Institutions in its pilot phase before subscribing. By channeling researchers’ communications about their work through a central system, and mapping these actions against a range of metrics, Kudos provides institutions with deep, actionable insight into the most effective ways to increase publication impact. Its reports and tools uniquely enable institutions to understand, amplify and support researchers’ efforts to improve the performance of their work. The system currently has over 100,000 users across more than 10,000 institutions, and is growing by approximately 1,000 users per week. To find out the number of Kudos users at your institution, please contact Steve Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Over 100,000 researchers have signed up to use Kudos’ free platform for managing communications around their publications – across multiple publishers and tools. They explain work in plain language and generate trackable links for sharing via email, web and social networks; these enable communications to be directly mapped against views, downloads, altmetrics and citations. Kudos thereby provides researchers, and their publishers and institutions, with a rich understanding of which channels and activities are most effective for broadening reach and impact. Kudos has 65 publisher customers around the world, including Wiley, Taylor & Francis, Cambridge University Press, the Royal Society and the American Academy for the Advancement of Science. Institutional customers include the University of Huddersfield, Carnegie Mellon University and ETH Zürich. Recent analysis of Kudos data indicates that full text downloads on the publisher site are 23% higher when the Kudos toolkit is used. Kudos was named Best New End User Product at the 2014 Charleston Advisor Readers’ Choice Awards and won the 2015 ALPSP Award for Innovation in Publishing. It has been named in Outsell’s “Ten to Watch” for two consecutive years.